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Bagley Senior Misses Final Game Due to Facebook Photo

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It's a case of social media verses the school: a Bagley, Minnesota, student is facing disciplinary action after posting a picture on his private Facebook account, even though, he says, the photo had nothing to do with class. Did the school overstep its boundaries?


Jesse Dukek's troubles began with a funny Facebook post -- "a picture of [Dukek's] buddy and his butt.

"The guy in the picture thought nothing of it -- he says he thought it was funny -- so it was a surprise for Dukek when he found himself suspended from school.

Even worse for Dukek, the suspension coincided with the final hockey game of his high school career, meaning he would miss the game.

Edie Dukek, Jesse's mother, has watched her son on the ice since he was three and says she could not believe the punishment handed down by the school over something she feels had nothing to do with them.

"It was very sad to go to the game, not see him be part of the team [or] the last bus ride home," Edie says.

The school district says the photo went against their policy forbidding cameras and camcorders in school locker rooms.

Bagley Schools Superintendent Steve Cairns: "Our locker rooms are sometimes located off-campus,[but] they are still under our student code of conduct. [...] The school district doesn't [...] tolerate egregious behavior, and if that [behavior] violates our student code of conduct or the polices of the High School League, the students would face those consequences."

Cairns says that although a student may not think a photo will cause any harm, they need to be careful about what they are posting on a private Facebook page, because anything can become public.

The Dukek family, on the other hand, says the school should be concentrating on more serious issues than a picture of "boys [just] being boys."

"They referred to the photo as being 'inappropriate sexual behavior,' Edie explains, "and I thought that was a little far-fetched."

The school district told us it does not monitor students' social media pages on a daily basis and learned of Dukek's picture from a tip.



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